Gillian Anderson Joins the Cast of The Great Season Two

Gillian Anderson Joins the Cast of The Great Season Two
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Huzzah! There's another season of Hulu's royal comedy The Great in the works, and it promises to be just as darkly funny as the first. Here's what we know about season two.

Hulu released a first look at the season.

The streaming service revealed a first look at Catherine (Elle Fanning) in season two—check it out below.

Photo credit: Hulu/Gareth Gatrell
Photo credit: Hulu/Gareth Gatrell

Filming has already begun.

In early February, when The Great's cast and crew learned of their multiple Golden Globe nods for season one—including Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, as well as nominations for Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult—they were in the midst of production on season two. At the time, they were a couple months into filming, and showrunner Tony McNamara had written the scripts through episode six, according to the Wrap.

(McNamara has previously spoken about purposely finalizing his scripts late, preferring to see how the season is playing out on set and in early cuts before setting the plot in stone. "I want to cut episodes, and I want to edit episodes and watch who's playing well with who and what the dynamics are and what kind of stuff's landing really well and then sort of react to that," he told Collider of writing season one.)

Photo credit: Andrea Pirrello/Hulu
Photo credit: Andrea Pirrello/Hulu

Gillian Anderson is joining the cast.

Season two introduces Joanna, Catherine's mother, who will be played by Gillian Anderson, per Deadline. T&C readers might recognize Anderson from her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown or as Dana Scully in The X Files.

“Joanna is a glamorous socialite from Germany, sometimes also known as the 'maestro of marriage' for her abilities to arrange high profile partnerships for her daughters,” according to Deadline. “She has heard rumors of her daughter’s coup and come to Russia to see it for herself. Though the apple of Catherine’s eye and a doting mother, it soon becomes clear Johanna has more sinister intentions to save her family’s reputation.”

Photo credit: Tibrina Hobson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tibrina Hobson - Getty Images

Fans have gotten a few hints about what's to come.

In an interview with the Wrap, Fanning teased Catherine's more "parental" role in season two. "This season is very parental and learning to be a mother and mother to a country in that sense," she said. "There’s some themes there. But we have some wild things planned. It’s going to be cool."

The actress also told Deadline, “Catherine, I feel, has a real soft spot for [Peter], which gets to be explored. Their relationship gets way more twisted. So we have a lot working together.”

For his part, Hoult told the Hollywood Reporter, "It's really fun to watch how the characters develop. That's what's fun of watching Elle — I'm in awe of where she's taking Catherine."

The release date has yet to be announced.

It isn't yet clear when fans can expect more of The Great—but in the meantime, season one is always available on Hulu for a re-watch.

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